One Hundred Dads project

Attention Dads in Melbourne’s West!

We are recruiting now for Dads living and working around Hobsons Bay, Melton, Wyndham, Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong.

Tweddle Child & Family Health Service, in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute have launched the second round of Working Out Dads, a ground-breaking parenting program for dads of children aged 0-4 living and working in and around Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay.

Groups have run in Werribee, Sunshine and Footscray and we are now running new sessions in Altona North, Maribyrnong and Werribee. See below for dates and locations.

The program’s key funding partners, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) and The Bennelong Foundation are joined by community sponsors Hede Architects, Alan Mance Motors, The CWA of Footscray, The Seddon Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) and Mr Craig Rowley, proud dad and resident of Melbourne’s west.

Working Out Dads is a free after-hours therapeutic parenting program for dads, held in fitness centres across six western and northern regions of Melbourne. The program features facilitated discussion and exercise, handouts and text messages. Themes cover parenting, relationships, mental health, fitness and well-being.

The objective of Working Out Dads is to connect, support and strengthen the capacity of dads in the very early years of parenting. There is also a goal to become less isolated and more resilient and supportive during the transition to early parenting and to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Working Out Dads will be evaluated by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Dads will be asked to complete surveys on three occasions; before they begin the program, after the complete the program and a final survey 3 months later. Participants will receive a $25 gift card at the completion of each of the three survey occasions.

The Working Out Dads evaluation aims to address a significant gap in knowledge about the effectiveness of early intervention and prevention approaches to promote the health and well-being of fathers in the early years of parenting, to inform policy and best practice in promoting the mental health of fathers and the prevention of family conflict.

Run by a male facilitator, Working Out Dads covers:

  • Developing parenting skills and confidence and building positive relationships with your child
  • Juggling the needs of your family, work and your own needs
  • The changing dynamics of relationships and how to maintain positive adult relationships
  • Managing stress and pressure and practical ways to cope when things get tough
  • Working on your health, fitness and well-being for you, your child and your family

The Hobsons Bay Dads group will be held at:

  • Inspirational Health and Fitness in Altona North

Dates :

  • Six Monday nights commencing October 7pm – 8.30pm
  • October 15th, 22nd, 29th, November 5th, 12th, 19th

Download the Working Out Dads Hobsons Bay 2018 flyer for more information

The Inner West Dads group will be held at:

  • Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre in Maribyrnong


  • Six Wednesday nights commencing October 7pm – 8.30pm
  • October 17th, 24th, 31st & November 7th, 14th, 21st

Download the Working Out Dads Melbourne’s Inner West Flyer for more information

The Wyndham / Melton Dads group will be held at:

  • Eagle Stadium in Werribee


  • Six Thursday nights commencing October 7pm – 8.30pm
  • October 25th & November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Nov.

Download the Working Out Dads Wyndham and Melton Flyer for more information click on the following flyer.

Flyer _ Working Out Dads Wyndham and Melton September 2018




Thank you to the following organisations and individuals;

Key Funding Partners



Research Partner

Community Sponsors 


  • Mr Craig Rowley, dad and resident of Melbourne’s west





Why help dads?

Conclusive, compelling research confirms dads play a significant role in the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-being of their children from infancy with lasting influences into their adult life.

The first year after having a baby is a period when some fathers are at risk of isolation and psychological challenges. Fathering research conducted at Tweddle in 2012 by the Parenting Research Centre showed the majority of fathers admitted to a residential program had mental health symptoms, and one in five men were experiencing clinically significant levels of distress.


Feedback from the first Working Out Dads round included;

“I will be able to seek help when I find it difficult”

“It was great being able to share experiences and hear other dads are facing the same problems so we’re not alone”

“I have learnt that the challenges that I will face in the future as a parent are normal and that I just need to learn to manage them”

“I have an awareness of how to communicate effectively with all those around me in particular my partner”

“I’ve learned about my stress and about talking to my partner and child more”

Make a tax deductible donation to the One Hundred Dads project

Make a tax deductible donation to the One Hundred Dads project

Tweddle's One Hundred Dads story Dec 2017 Herald Sun

Tweddle’s One Hundred Dads story Dec 2017 Herald Sun

‘Babies and young children need engaged, supported dads for better life outcomes’


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